Women’s Resource Agency planning “Equal Pay Rally”

Colorado women still earn only 77 cents for every dollar their male counterparts earn, according to the Women’s Resource Agency.

The nonprofit is hoping to assist women in getting ahead in the workforce through its Equal Pay Day Rally and Suit Drive  that will benefit its Dress for Success program.

The event is scheduled for April 17 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the ANB Parking lot, 102 N. Cascade Ave. Donors are encouraged to bring career clothing such as suits, dresses, handbags, shoes and coats. The rally also includes a live remote with Tammy Oakland of radio station 106.3 KKLL. Event sponsors include ANB Bank, Griffis Blessing and Stockman Kast Ryan.

The Dress for Success program has provided professional wardrobes for about 20,000 women since 1972. Typically, beneficiaries are struggling to overcome low incomes, lack of training, abusive family situations or deficient job-seeking skills.

Dress for Success also provides resume coaching, interview skill-building and computer classes.

“Pay equity is an important issue facing women of Colorado Springs,” said Beth Roalstad, executive director of the Women’s Resource Agency. “Our goal for combining an Equal Pay Day Rally with a suit drive is to highlight that many women need supportive services to break away from the inequalities that exist in the workforce.”